2018 Lincoln MKX

#78
in Midsize SUVs
2018 MODEL
$39,035 - $56,725 See Inventory Prices

FILTER BY YEAR

FILTER BY STYLE

Detailed Review

Looking for a luxury five-seater SUV with no fuss? The 2018 Lincoln MKX might well suit your need and pocket as well. It has changed for better while offering a comfortable ride and plush interior. The MKX shares its underpinning and engine with the Ford Edge but the two differs in terms of luxury.

MKX checks all the right boxes of a luxury SUV by offering a cushioned and supportive seat. There is enough legroom in both the rows to accommodate even the tallest of adults, and the cargo space is best in the segment. Lincoln has offered four trims and two powerful engines to choose from. A 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard across the board while a powerful turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 is optional for all.


7.8/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.5/10
Interior

 

6.9/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The MKX has its share of flaws as well. It suffers from poor fuel economy and many of the advanced safety techs are bundled in costly packages. It also comes with a push-button shifter rather than a traditional lever which sometimes feel frustrating although it makes for a roomier front passenger area. Prices start just below $40,000.

2018 Lincoln MKX Features

7.8/10

The 2018 Lincoln MKX seats five and is available in four trim levels: Premier, select, Reserve and Black Label. Techs and features grow as you move up the trim, although the MKX base also has a decent amount of equipment. A 3.7-liter V-6 engine along with a six-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive is standard on all the MKX. Meanwhile, a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 for $2000, and all-wheel drive for $2,495 comes optional on all trims.

Trims Premiere Select Reserve Black Label
MSRP (FWD) $39,035 $42,550 $46,560 $54,230
MSRP (AWD) $41,530 $45,045 $49,055 $56,725
Features
  • SYNC 3
  • 18-inch Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • Rear View Camera
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • 18-inch Premium Painted Bright-Machined Aluminum Wheels
  • Hands-Free Power Liftgate
  • Configurable LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Luxury Leather Seating
  • Heated & Cooled Front Seats
  • Panoramic Vista Roof with Power Sunshade
  • BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System
  • Venetian Leather Seats with Embroidered Black Label Insignia
  • Black Label Member Privileges
  • Revel Ultima System with 19 speakers & HD Radio
  • 20-inch Painted Ebony Black & Bright Machined-Aluminum Wheels with Chrome Inserts

We Recommend

We recommend the MKX’s Select trim with the optional 2.7-liter V-6 engine. It offers more features than the base and also adds extra comforts. By selecting this trim, you also get the option to add optional packages such as Climate package (heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, automatic windshield wipers, and automatic high beams) and Select Plus package (navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert system).

2018 Lincoln MKX Engine

6.9/10

"The optional twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 makes the MKX one of the most powerful vehicles in the segment. It may feel fast, but its 5.9-second 0-60 mph acceleration isn't quicker than other performance-minded competitors"- Edmunds

The 2018 Lincoln MKX comes with a duo of V-6 engines. The base engine provides enough gusto for daily commuting but the optional twin-turbo V-6 engine has more zest and provides quicker acceleration on the highway. Lincoln has tuned up the suspension to make the occupant comfortable on rough pavements. The transmission feels smooth but the 2018 MKX is a fuel guzzler as compared to rivals.

Engine and Transmission

A 3.7-liter V-6 engine with 303-horsepower and 278-pound-feet of torque is standard across the board. While a turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 comes optional for all the four trims. Both the engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel drive is standard as well, with all-wheel drive optional.

Models Lincoln MKX Acura MDX Lexus RX 350 Cadillac XT5
MSRP $39,035 $44,200 $43,270 $40,595
Engine 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 engine 3.5L 24V SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V VVT engine 3.6L V6 direct-injection engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Power 303 hp 290 hp 295 hp 310 hp
Torque 378 lb-ft 267 lb-ft. 267 lb-ft. 271 lb-ft.

The optional V-6 engine feels upmarket and smooth allowing the Lincoln MKX to run against rivals like the Acura MDX and the Cadillac XT5. The six-speed automatic transmission is smooth despite being two gears down as compared to most in the competition, which helps explain the MKX’s subpar fuel economy.

Acceleration

The base V-6 engine is powerful and makes 60 mph in 6.3 seconds but the optional twin turbo 2.7-liter V-6 provides brusquer acceleration and make more responsive high-speed passing. The Lincoln MKX takes 5.9-seconds to cover 60 mph with the optional engine making it one of the fastest SUV in the segment. It may be fast but it does not fare up well against some performance-oriented competitors.

Models Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Acura MDX Lexus RX 350 Cadillac XT5 (Standard)
0-60 MPH 6.3 sec 6.2 sec 6.8 sec 6.6 sec
Quarter mile 14.7 sec @ 94 mph 14.7 sec @ 94.6 mph 15.1 sec @ 92.7 mph 15.1 sec @ 92.6 mph
Engine 3.7L 3.5L 3.5L 3.6L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.8 8.0 7.7 8.0

Braking and Handling

The Japanese competitors may deliver sharper handling but the Lincoln MKX with a long wheelbase and adaptive suspension makes for a comfortable and composed ride over rough roads. Stability control helps the SUV on winding roads and makes cornering nimble. The power steering feels numb with no sense of tire’s interaction with the road. With the available all-wheel drive, the MKX has tight ground clearance limiting its off-roading capability.

Model Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Acura MDX Lexus RX 350 Cadillac XT5 (Standard)
Brake Front(in) 12.8 12.6 13.3 13.6
Brake Rear(in) 13.0 13.0 12.9 12.4
Curb weight(lbs) 4168 4001 4222 3985
60-0 MPH (ft.) 119 121 123 128

Brakes on the 2018 Lincoln MKX feels consistent with a minor nosedive. The MKX takes 119-feet in coming to a halt from 60mph. These numbers are impressive for an SUV this size while also taking rivals stopping power into consideration.

Towing Capacity

The 2018 Lincoln MKX, when equipped with the Class II Trailer Package, provides a towing capacity of 3,500-pounds which is at par with the rivals. It also includes trailer sway control and a neutral tow setting allows MKX to be towed behind an RV (Recreational Vehicle) with all four wheels on the ground.

2018 Lincoln MKX Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The base 3.7-liter V-6 engine checks in at 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined with the front-wheel drive while the all-wheel drive gets an EPA rating of 16/23/29 mpg. The surprise element is the powerful twin-turbo V-6 which is more fuel efficient and is rated at 18/25/20 mpg with the front-wheel drive, while the all-wheel-drive scores 17/24/19 mpg.

Model Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Acura MDX Lexus RX 350 Cadillac XT5 (Standard)
MPG (city) 17 19 20 19
MPG (highway) 25 27 27 26
MPG (combined) 20 22 23 22

By comparison, the Lincoln 2018 MKX is the least fuel-efficient vehicle in the class. On the other side, the Lexus RX is the best delivering a 23 mpg of combined mileage. 

2018 Lincoln MKX Interior

6.5/10

"The MKX is pretty easy to get in and see out of, and front and rear legroom is spacious. But headroom is only average, and the driving position could be better"- Edmunds 

Seating and Comfort 

A tall roof and a large door make for an easy entry/exit in the 2018 Lincoln MKX. You also get a good view of the road because of the large windows and an upright seating position. Meanwhile, the cabin keeps you isolated from the wind, tire and road noise while the V-6 engine remains quiet in city driving but you will listen the engine growling once you hit the freeway speed.

Model Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Acura MDX Lexus RX 350 Cadillac XT5 (Standard)
Passenger capacity 5 7 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 108.3 132.7 121.36 104.5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 39.9/58.9/42.8 38.1/61.1/41.4 39.4/57.8/44.1 38.4/58.3/41.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 39.2/59/39.6 38.3/59.1/38.5 39.1/57.6/38 36.0/56.2/39.5
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) N/A 35.6/54.7/28.1 N/A N/A

Front seats are extremely comfortable with functions like massaging, heating, ventilation and multiple adjustments. There is enough legroom in both the rows to accommodate adults, although the headroom is a bit tight because of MKX’s sloping roofline. Some of the optional seating features include:

  • Leather upholstery (Optional)
  • Heated rear seats (Optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (Optional)

Infotainment 

The 2018 Lincoln MKX comes fitted with the parent company Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which is easy-to-use but does not respond to touch as quickly as in some rivals.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard while the 8-inch touchscreen has bright and intuitive graphics.  Standard features include:

  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • 8-inch touchscreen

Cargo Space

The 2018 Lincoln MKX boasts 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row and 68.8 cubic feet with them folded. There are plenty of cubbies inside the cabin to store small items while a power liftgate comes standard and a hands-free liftgate is available. These numbers are impressive when compared to rivals like the Lexus RX 350, Cadillac XT5 and even the Acura MDX.

2018 Lincoln MKX Exterior

6.9/10

"The overall shape of Lincoln’s 2018 MKX luxury SUV is similar to that of its kin, the previous-generation Ford Edge, but there are some styling cues that separate the two. The MKX employs a split grille, plus generous use of LED lighting"- KBB

Dimension and Weight

From outside 2018, Lincoln MKX fails to check all the right boxes and as its styling doesn’t enroll its entry into luxury SUV territory for the price at which it is offered. The MKX shares its chassis with one of its kind, the previous generation Ford Edge, but there are some styling cues that makes them different. The front fascia employs a large twin-wing grille along with the substantial use of LEDs. There is a gentle use of chrome and its curvy style makes it stand out in the crowd.

Model Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Acura MDX Lexus RX 350 Cadillac XT5 (Standard)
Curb weight(lbs) 4168 4001 4222 3985
Length(in) 190.0 196.2 192.5 189.5
Width(in) 76.1 77.8 74.6 75.0
Height(in) 66.2 67.4 67.7 66.0
Ground clearance(in) 7.8 5.6 8.2 7.8
Wheelbase(in) 112.2 111 109.8 112.5
Track width(in) F/R 64.8/64.7 66.3/66.3 64.4/64 64.4/64.4

When it comes to dimensions, the Lincoln MKX is neither the longest nor the heaviest in the class, so maneuverability will not be a concern for most. It matches the Cadillac XT5 in length and ground clearance but the Acura MDX leads the class with 196.2-inches of length. These extra inches on the MDX gets you an additional third row of seating, unlike the MKX. In terms of ground clearance, the Lexus RX 350 leads the segment while the Acura MDX disappoints.

Wheels

The 2018 Lincoln MKX Premier and Select trims come standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels while the Reserve and the Black Label gets a 20-inch wheel and can be upgraded to optional 21-inch polished aluminum wheel for $1,300. Stick with the 18-inch wheel as they provide better traction and smooth ride.

Model Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Acura MDX Lexus RX 350 Cadillac XT5 (Standard)
Size F/R (in.) 18*8/18*8 18*8/18*8 18*8/18*8 18*8/18*8
Quality Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Wheel type Alloy Alloy Alloy Alloy

2018 Lincoln MKX Safety

7.8/10

The 2018 Lincoln MKX has earned impressive crash rating by the NHSTA and the IIHS. The NHSTA rated the MKX with a five star overall, albeit a four star for rollover. The IIHS meanwhile gave it “Good” scores on the crash test, and a “Superior” rating for crash avoidance but only with the AEB (automatic emergency braking) that is a part of Driver Assistance package ($2,250).

In terms of reliability, the Lincoln has covered the car with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 6-year/ 70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

NHSTA Rating

Overall rating 5 star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 5 star
Overall Side Crash Rating Passenger 5 star
Side Barrier Rating 5 star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 star
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat 5 star
Rollover Rating 4 star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 5 star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 star

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Small Overlap Front Driver side Good
Small Overlap Front Passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

 

Crash avoidance and mitigation
Frontal crash prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal
LATCH Acceptable

Safety features

The 2018 Lincoln MKX comes standard with 10-airbags, stability control, rearview camera, anti-lock brakes and blind spot monitoring. An optional Driver Assitance Package brings to the table:

  • Active lane control
  • Adaptive steering
  • Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection
  • Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • 10 airbags
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • 3-point rear outboard safety belts
  • LATCH System
  • Mykey System-inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
  • Rear child security door locks

2018 Lincoln MKX Competition

Lincoln MKX Vs Cadillac XT5

The 2018 Lincoln MKX is a better value than the Cadillac XT5 as it offers more on less price. The XT5’s engine fails to provide ample power as compared to the base engine of the MKX, which provide fast acceleration. There is also no other engine option available with the Cadillac but the MKX offers a more powerful V-6 engine. The MKX also leads in terms of cargo space.

Lincoln MKX Vs Acura MDX

The Acura MDX and the Lincoln MKX both features a V-6 engine but the MDX accelerates better and is also more fuel efficient. The Acura also offers a smooth ride and feels more agile while cornering. It also boasts a more modern cabin than the Lincoln rival but that comes at a price. The MDX is $5,165 pricier than the MKX but it does not offer smartphone integration like the Android Auto or the Apple CarPlay.

Lincoln MKX Vs Lexus RX 350

The Lexus RX 350 boasts a stylish interior and rich material quality. It also has a long list of standard features including active safety techs that are optional in the MKX. Both the SUVs have powerful engines; however, Lexus offers better mileage and stable handling. There is some area where the MKX scores ahead of the RX. It offers more cargo space than the Lexus and is also priced much below. At the price which it is offered, you will happy with the MKX.

2018 Lincoln MKX Final Verdict

The 2018 Lincoln MKX low price and a long list of features along with a comfy and plush cabin make it a top pick in the midsize luxury SUV segment. It does everything well if not the best. Its crash test scores are excellent but it lags behind the competitors when it comes to gas mileage. In terms of driving dynamics, it might not attract the attention of the driving enthusiasts but if you are looking for a luxurious and accommodating SUV, the MKX is definitely a vehicle to go for.

Pros

Smooth ride and handling

Comfortable, plush interior

A plethora of features for the money

Robust V6 engine

Cons

Subpar fuel economy

Frustrating push-button shifter

Costly advanced safety techs

What's New?

Standard Way app and Lincoln Connect

Black Label models get Climate Package as standard



Styles

 2018 Lincoln MKX in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color  2018 Lincoln MKX in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2018 Lincoln MKX in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2018 Lincoln MKX in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2018 Lincoln MKX in Black Velvet color
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

6.9

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

6.5

Exterior

6.9

Safety

7.8

Comfort

8.4

Driving

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Lincoln MKX Premiere

Premiere

power
303 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$39,035 - $41,530


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premiere 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,035 MSRP (17/20/25) 303 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Velvet
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
Premiere 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $41,530 MSRP (16/19/23) 303 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Black Velvet
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

 2018 Lincoln MKX Select

Select

power
303 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$42,550 - $45,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Select 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $42,550 MSRP (17/20/25) 303 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Velvet
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
Select 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $45,045 MSRP (16/19/23) 303 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Black Velvet
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

 2018 Lincoln MKX Reserve

Reserve

power
303 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$46,560 - $49,055


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Reserve 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $46,560 MSRP (17/20/25) 303 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Velvet
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $49,055 MSRP (16/19/23) 303 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Black Velvet
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

 2018 Lincoln MKX Black Label

Black Label

power
303 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$54,230 - $56,725


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Black Label 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $54,230 MSRP (17/20/25) 303 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Velvet
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
Black Label 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $56,725 MSRP (16/19/23) 303 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Black Velvet
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

Top Lincoln Cars

2018 Lincoln Navigator
8.2/10

Engine: 450 hp, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 19 combined

2018 Lincoln MKC
6.9/10

Engine: 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 23 combined

2019 Lincoln Navigator
8.3/10

Engine: 450 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 19 combined

2019 Lincoln nautilus
8.0/10

Engine: 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 23 combined

2019 Lincoln MKT
7.7/10

Engine: 365 hp @ 5700 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 17 combined

2019 Lincoln MKC
7.4/10

Engine: 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 23 combined

2019 Lincoln MKZ hybrid Sedan
7.0/10

Engine: 188 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 40 combined